Mr. Kuwayti has more than 25 years of experience in intellectual property and other complex, high-stakes commercial litigation and trials. His cases have involved a broad range of technology industries, including software, semiconductor, Internet, and medical device.
Mr. Kuwayti has successfully brought, and defended, numerous trade secret cases in state and federal court. Mr. Kuwayti was a member of the team that successfully tried a recent high profile smartphone case leading to a jury verdict of over $900 million.
Mr. Kuwayti also represented the University of California in patent litigation against a leading life sciences company over a pioneering patent involving human growth hormone. The resulting $200 million settlement, reached after a six-week jury trial, remains one of the top 10 settlements in any biotechnology patent case in the United States.
Mr. Kuwayti also represents public companies and their officers and directors in securities class actions, shareholder derivative suits, internal investigations, and SEC proceedings. Mr. Kuwayti frequently litigates disputes arising out of mergers and acquisitions and other strategic transactions. In addition, he represents privately funded and emerging companies in disputes over corporate governance and breaches of fiduciary duty, as well as in disputes between boards of directors, investors, partners, and founders.
A significant part of Mr. Kuwayti’s practice involves pre-litigation counseling for companies seeking to avoid litigation and/or to better prepare themselves for litigation that may arise. He has extensive experience in arbitration and mediation proceedings.
Mr. Kuwayti clerked for the Supreme Court of Canada in 1990-91. He has served as a managing partner of the Palo Alto office and as a co-chair of the firm's Commercial Litigation Group.
Mr. Kuwayti is recommended by Legal 500 US, Northern California Super Lawyers, and is recognized as one of the top 300 lawyers in Silicon Valley by the San Jose Business Journal. He was also named to The BTI Client Service All-Stars list in 2012, 2014 and 2016, in recognition of his excellence in client service. Mr. Kuwayti teaches trade secret law as an adjunct professor at Stanford Law School.
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